Breaking: Rutgers Releases Statement on Death of Student

Services have been announced for Rutgers student Paul Kim, whose body was found Tuesday in the Hudson River.

Kim’s body was identified as Paul late Thursday, according to has reported that Kim’s body

was discovered in the river on Tuesday, near the Intrepid Museum, authorities said. Around 10:20 a.m. that day, a passerby found Kim’s bicycle abandoned on the New Jersey-bound south walkway of the George Washington Bridge.

Rutgers-New Brunswick Chancellor Richard L. Edwards announced Friday in a statement issued via email to the Rutgers community that the services would be held from  7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, with a funeral being held Saturday at  9 a.m. Arrangements are by the Kim Funeral Home, 1601 Palisade Avenue, Fort Lee, NJ 07024.

Edwards’ statement reads:

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the death of Paul J. Kim, a third-year student from Fairview, New Jersey, who was studying in the School of Arts and Sciences.  As a community, we mourn the loss of this gifted young man and offer our heartfelt sympathies to Paul’s family and friends.

He said “counselors are available to any student who is grieving this sudden loss, or who is in need of counseling for any reason.”

You can contact CAPS (Counseling, ADAP, and Psychological Services) at 848-932-7884 or visit the center at 17 Senior Street in New Brunswick.  Also, students who may just wish to speak to someone can reach out to their Residence Life staff (if living on-campus) or the Dean of Students (if commuting or residing off-campus).

Kim’s is the third high-profile death of a Rutgers student this semester. Caitlyn Kovacs, of South Brunswick, died Sept. 21 in what police say was an alcohol-related incident. A memorial service was held on campus Oct. 11. Darsh Patel was killed the same day in a bear attack in West Milford.

Grief counseling had been set up in response to the earlier deaths and alcohol awareness programs also are offered on campus. Scarlet Listeners also offers services to students.